1101 Schedule

Week 1
AUGUST 22
DISCUSSION TOPIC: Introductions. Syllabus review. Peer interviews.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read WOVENText Ch. 2. Read and sign syllabus acknowledgment and permission form.

AUGUST 24
DUE: WOVENText Ch. 2.
TOPIC: Claims and evidence. Strategies and tactics. Modes and media. C’s of Technical Communication
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete the “Share the Lane” Activity introduced in class.

AUGUST 26
DUE: “Share the Lane” Activity.
TOPIC: C’s of Technical Communication
FOR HOMEWORK: Listen to “How Sound Shaped the Evolution of Your Brain” (NPR) and “Sound Is the Forgotten Flavor Sense” (Boing Boing). Read New York Times article “Dear Architects: Sound Matters.”

Week 2
AUGUST 29
DUE: NPR, Boing Boing, and NYT stories.
TOPIC: Listening. Hierarchy of the senses. Sound perception.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read Sound Studies Reader (SSR) ch. 5.

AUGUST 31
DUE: SSR ch. 5.
TOPIC: Modes of listening. Assign blog post 1. Videos referenced in class: Foley Artist Explains Sound Effects; Interview with Sound Designer for Toy Story; Foley Artists: How Sound Effects are Made.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read SSR chapter 10.

SEPTEMBER 2
DUE: SSR chapter 10.
TOPIC: Listening. Soundscapes.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read SSR ch. 22, “Fidelity vs. Intelligibility,” by James Lastra.

R. Murray Schafer’s “sound map,” from the Appendix to his book The Soundscape (1977), excerpted in SSR.

Thirty (30) sound terms you should know.

SEPTEMBER 5
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY. NO CLASS.

SEPTEMBER 7
DUE: SSR ch. 22.
TOPIC: Listening. Intelligibility and fidelity.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete blog post 1 with content tags.

SEPTEMBER 9
DUE: Blog post 1 with content tags on course blog.
TOPIC: Concepts review. Listening walk.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read Wired for Speech (WFS), chs. 1 and 4.

R. Murray Schafer’s “sound map,” from the Appendix to his book The Soundscape (1977), excerpted in SSR.

Thirty (30) sound terms you should know.

Week 4
SEPTEMBER 12
DUE: WFS chs. 1 and 4.
TOPIC: The Voice: speech production and synthetic voice.
FOR HOMEWORK: WFS ch. 6. Listen to two comics discuss their “Difficult Names” (Code Switch, NPR).

SEPTEMBER 14
DUE: WFS ch. 6.
TOPIC: The Voice: homophily, language, accent and bias.
FOR HOMEWORK: “Difficult Names,” Trevor Noah clip.

Links to discussion resources:
*Accent bias lecture slide show, including clip of Trevor Noah.
*”Difficult Names” and “What’s So Funny About the Indian Accent” (Code Switch, NPR)
*Patricia Kuhl, “The Linguistic Genius of Babies” (TEDxRainer, Oct. 2010)
*Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Race,” in Critical Terms for Literary Studyed. Lentricchia and McLaughlin (Chicago, 1990). [Forgive the photographs.]

SEPTEMBER 16
DUE: NPR pieces and Trevor Noah clip.
TOPIC: The Voice: Accent, bias, discrimination, legitimacy continued.
FOR HOMEWORK: WFS chs. 7 and 8.

Week 5
SEPTEMBER 19
DUE: WFS chs. 7 and 8.
TOPIC: The Voice: Emotion and speech interaction.
FOR HOMEWORK: Note case study group and review case study questions.

Links to resources:
*Emotion: emotional-snowball-discussion-terms-and-definitions

*Groupings for Wednesday:listening-walk-group

*Intersection Case Study:11013403_intersectioncasestudy

SEPTEMBER 21
Meet at the southeast corner of Spring and 5th Street in Tech Square, near the entrance of Barnes & Noble.
TOPIC: Traffic intersection case study observation.
FOR HOMEWORK: Organize notes intersection case study.

SEPTEMBER 23
DUE: Bring intersection observations to class.
TOPIC: In-class case study workshop: What are your findings?
FOR HOMEWORK: WFS ch 5.

Week 6
SEPTEMBER 26
DUE: WFS ch. 5.
TOPIC: the-disembodied-voice. Siri, Alexa, Cortana, HAL 9000.

FOR HOMEWORK: Fill out group project surveyWFS ch. 10. Watch Silicon Valley 1.6 driverless-car sketch

SEPTEMBER 28
Blog forum 2 posts due on blog at 5 p.m.
DUE: WFS ch. 10. Watch Silicon Valley 1.6 driverless-car sketch.

TOPIC:
Disembodied voice. Activity.
FOR HOMEWORK: Prepare for case study.

SEPTEMBER 30 / PROGRESS REPORTS
Blog forum 2 comments due on blog at 5 p.m.
DUE: Bright shiny face.
TOPIC: Assign presentation groups. Alexa workshop: “Using Your Alexa Device” (:43–2:15) and Things to Try
FOR HOMEWORK: SSR ch. 17, “Ancient Acoustic Spaces,” Blesser and Salter (186).

Semester Project Groups: Section 3403/A1 | Section J2

OCTOBER 1
Blog forum 2 comments due on blog at 5 p.m.

Week 7
OCTOBER 3
DUE: SSR ch. 17, “Ancient Acoustic Spaces,” Blesser and Salter (186).
TOPIC: Alexa’s backstory. Earcons. Nonspeech sounds.
FOR HOMEWORK: Listen to “Audio Emoji” (Slack Variety Pack). Peruse Telesound’s website and sound samples.

OCTOBER 5
DUE: “Audio Emoji” and Telesound.
TOPIC:earcons-auditory-icons-and-spearcons
FOR HOMEWORK: Read about the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab and Advanced Auditory Menus; also “Spearcons” (Walker, Nance, Lindsay).

OCTOBER 7
DUE: Sonification Lab readings and “Spearcons.”
TOPIC: Evaluating Bruce Walker’s article. Designing Advanced Auditory Menus.
FOR HOMEWORK: “Deafness and the User Experience.” “The Case for Web Accessibility.

Week 8
OCTOBER 10
FALL RECESS. NO CLASS.

OCTOBER 12
Classes meet at 9:05am and 10:05am in the Hall Building, rm. 102.
DUE: Deafness and the User Experience and The Case for Web Accessibility.
TOPIC: Guest lecture by Prof. Harley Hamilton, Georgia Tech Center for Accessible Technology in Sign. Designing for users who are deaf. Assign case-study presentation and abstract.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read case-study assignment sheet and prompt for Blog Forum 3.

VIDEO OF PROFESSOR HAMILTON’S LECTURE on devices, apps, and interfaces that promote deaf-hearing communication and education.

OCTOBER 14
DUE: Questions about case-study presentation.
TOPIC: Software options and tutorial for audio posts. Assignments Q&A. Accessibility: Legal and Ethical Considerations. accessible-design_from-compliance-to-usability
FOR HOMEWORK: Read “Theory of Sonification” (Walker and Neer).

Week 9
OCTOBER 17
Classes meet at 9:05am and 10:05am in the Hall Building, rm. 102.
DUE: “Theory of Sonification” (Walker and Neer).
TOPIC: Guest lecture by Prof. Bruce Walker, Georgia Tech Sonification Lab.
FOR HOMEWORK: Draft concept abstract for peer review (submit in Google Share Drive). Listen to The Pulse radio segment on film accessibility for blind moviegoers (about 5:00).

VIDEO OF PROFESSOR WALKER’S LECTURE on The Sonification Lab and some of its design-for-accessibility projects.

OCTOBER 19
Blog forum 3 posts now due Friday at 5 p.m.

DUE BEFORE CLASS: Concept abstracts for peer review in Google Share Drive.
TOPIC: Finish accessibility and perceivability lecture. Abstract workshop. peer-review-pairs. Sign up for presentation date (Oct. 24, 26, or 28): https://goo.gl/forms/9MQtKqV8CCzJfDNI2
FOR HOMEWORK: Read Vikas Luthra (Human Computer Interaction), “Evolving Framework for Building Companionship.” Sign up for presentation date (Oct. 24, 26, or 28).

OCTOBER 21
Class meets in Hall Bldg. room 102.
Blog forum 3 posts due at 5 p.m.
DUE: “Evolving Framework” by Vikas Luthra.
TOPIC: Guest lecture by Vikas Luthra, department of Human-Computer Interaction.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete case-study presentations. Check the schedule for your time slot.

VIKAS LUTHRA’S SLIDE PRESENTATION on building companionship.

Week 10
Blog forum 3 comments due by NOON.
OCTOBER 24–26
Case-study presentations: Check the schedule for your time slot.
Peer-audience feedback form.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read “The importance of User Research and How to do it!” and “User Research Basics” (click on the links and read about the following methods: focus groups, individual interviews, personas, surveys, task analysis, and use cases).

OCTOBER 29 / WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

Week 11
OCTOBER 31
DUE: “The importance of User Research and How to do it!” and “User Research Basics” (click on the links and read about the following methods: focus groups, individual interviews, personas, surveys, task analysis, and use cases).
TOPIC: Reflection on presentation assignment. Assign user research and analysis. Lecture on user research.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read: “How to Conduct User Experience Research Like a Professional”

NOVEMBER 2
DUE: “How to Conduct User Experience Research Like a Professional”
TOPIC: Case Study Presentation Feedback. Lecture on user-research methods continued.conducting-user-research
FOR HOMEWORK: Brainstorm user-research methods.

NOVEMBER 4
DUE: Bring brainstorm ideas to class.
TOPIC: Workshop: choose and develop user-research method for project. conducting-user-research_in-class-assignmentPaper Prototyping (lo-fi) article. Paper prototype demonstration.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete development of research and instrument and create call for participants.

Week 12
NOVEMBER 7
DUE: Call for participants due on Google Drive at 8am. Research instrument due on Google Drive.
TOPIC: In-class workshop on data collection. Group project consultation with Hal and Lauren.
FOR HOMEWORK: “Analysis, Plus Synthesis: Turning Data into Insights.” Start contacting participants to collect your data.

NOVEMBER 9
DUE:“Analysis, Plus Synthesis: Turning Data into Insights.”
TOPIC: Lecture: Analyzing your data. data-synthesis-analysis-and-visualization
FOR HOMEWORK: Collect your data.

NOVEMBER 11
Podcast assignment.
TOPIC: In-class workshop on data collection and analysis. Guidelines for drafting analysis.
FOR HOMEWORK: Draft user-research analysis for peer review.

Week 13
NOVEMBER 14
DUE: Draft of user-research analysis due on Google Drive before class.
TOPIC: In-class peer review on user-research analysis. user-research-and-analysis_peer-review-pairs

FOR HOMEWORK: Listen to “Musical Language” (Radiolab 2.2), “#justanotherday” (4.33@Tech 1.2), and “RJDJ Reactive Music” (99% Invisible 19X).

NOVEMBER 16
DUE: “Musical Language,” “#justanotherday,””RJDJ Reactive Music.”
TOPIC: Data visualization:data-synthesis-analysis-and-visualizationAssign podcast. Audience.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete user-research analysis. Listen to “The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison” (Fugitive Waves 1).

NOVEMBER 18
DUE: User-research analysis uploaded to T-square by midnight. Listen to “The Rise and Fall…
TOPIC: communicating-the-new. Audio editing tips and techniques: Download Audacity + Clip 1 + Clip 2 + Clip 3 + Complete Opening. Google Drive Folder: Audacity Demo.
FOR HOMEWORK: Watch and listen to “Ira Talks about Michael Jackson at the Academy of Arts and Letters.” Listen to “My Kingdom for Some Structure” (HowSound). Start gathering your raw audio.

Week 14
NOVEMBER 21
DUE: “Ira Talks…” and “My Kingdom.”
TOPIC: Structure, Story, Plot, Voice: Presentation.
FOR HOMEWORK: Gather your raw audio. Brainstorm and start drafting your script. Listen to “How Not to Write for Radio” (HowSound).

NOVEMBER 23&25
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY / NO CLASS

Week 15
NOVEMBER 28
DUE: Bring raw audio.
TOPIC: Organize your audio. Draft your script.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete script drafts.

NOVEMBER 30
Section HP1 meet Dr. Lawrence in the upstairs offices of the Hall Bldg.
DUE: Upload script drafts to Google Drive before class.
TOPIC: Script peer review. draft-podcast-script_-peer-review-teams

FOR HOMEWORK: Record script. Start editing.

DECEMBER 2
All sections meet in the Homer Rice Center, in the Library, second floor west (map).
TOPIC: Workshop day.
FOR HOMEWORK: Read Portfolio instructions.

Week 16
DECEMBER 5
LMC 3403 and ENGL 1101 A1 meet in separate rooms at beginning of hour.
DUE: Final scripts and podcast MP3 files due on T-square by midnight.
TOPIC: Podcast reflection. Portfolio tips. Group reflection assignment.
FOR HOMEWORK: Complete portfolio on Mahara for submission on T-square. See deadlines below.

FINAL PORTFOLIOS
Due on Mahara and as a .zip file on T-Square by the end of your scheduled final-exam time.

3403/1101-A1: Fri. Dec. 9 by 10:50am

1101-J2: Mon. Dec. 12 by 2:20pm

1101-HP1: Wed. Dec. 14 by 10:50am